Seven (AU) Renewal and Cancellation Wrap
Private Practice (US 4th Season *renewed for a 5th*, AU 4th Season)
My Kitchen Rules (Currently in SECOND SEASON) Renewed for a third on02/03/2011.
The X Factor (ONE SEASON has aired) – Mediocre ratings for its first season, but it has still been renewed for a 2nd season (or third if you include the season that aired on Ten) on 14/03/2011. This year will presumably feature a more prominent youth focus.
Packed to the Rafters (Currently in FOURTH SEASON)
It has been ratings its socks off- well, as much as a show does these days. Here are its ratings from Week 5 onwards.
Monday: 1,461,000 (1st in Time slot, 1st for the night)
Home and Away (Currently in TWENTY-FOURTH SEASON)
Better Homes and Gardens (Currently in FOURTEENTH SEASON – SEVENTH in new format with Joanna Griggs in Friday 7:30pm slot)
Deal or No Deal – (Currently in NINTH SEASON)
Border Security – (Currently in SEVENTH SEASON)
Sunday Night- (Currently in THIRD SEASON) – It is a real asset for Seven, and if it can maintain good ratings, boosts its news credibility- even though it has been criticised in recent times.
Cougar Town – Seven (US 2nd season – hiatus -, AU 2nd season)
Desperate Housewives – Seven (US 7th season, AU 7th season)
Grey’s Anatomy – Seven (US 7th season, AU 7th season)
Kath and Kim (FOUR SEASONS have aired) – Technically waiting for the Gina Riley and Jane Turner to decide whether they want to do any more series, yet with constant rumours and no new projects on the horizon, I believe at least a “Final Season” is inevitable.
The Matty Johns Show (Currently in SECOND SEASON)
Minute to Win It (SECOND SEASON yet to air)
Dancing with the Stars (ELEVENTH SEASON yet to air) – There’s only so much life in this show, and is the last remnant of the singing/dancing competition obsession of the 2000s.
Australia’s Got Talent (FOURTH SEASON yet to air) – Just a matter of waiting until the “talent” pool dries up, à la Australian Idol 2009.
The Amazing Race Australia (FIRST SEASON yet to air) – If it can generate enough buzz, Seven will have a juggernaut on its hands.
Brothers and Sisters
Thank God You’re Here (FOUR SEASONS have aired)- Unlikely that Working Dog would film a fifth season, as there are not many more avenues to explore in creative terms.
Iron Chef Australia (ONE SEASON has aired) – Average ratings coupled with a different tone and pace might make Seven think twice about renewing it. It also operated around a central gimmick of being based on the original Iron Chef- something that Masterchef purposely steered away from- and for good reason.
Winners and Losers (FIRST SEASON yet to air) – I know that you shouldn’t judge a show’s prospects before you know the figures it will pull, but I just don’t have a good feeling about this. It’s a big ask from Seven to make Australia fall in love with another group of people (in addition to the Rafters, of course), and while they couldn’t adopt the same tone, their decision to opt for a more quirky and humorous tone doesn’t bode well. Australians don’t tend to go for quirky over real emotion too readily, as was demonstrated with Offspring’s first few episodes. It also isn’t based around cops or doctors, and there almost certainly won’t be any gratuitous nudity, so it will be really swimming against the tide.
City Homicide* (Currently in FOURTH SEASON, a miniseries to come)
*No official word on cancellation, but unless the miniseries rates spectacularly, and Winners and Losers is a dismal failure, it is as good as cancelled.